Shankly dies with wife at his side

Tuesday, September 29 – 1981
Former Liverpool football manager Bill Shankly died early today.

The end came at 1.20 a.m. in Liverpool’s Broadgreen Hospital.

Mr. Shankly, 67, had earlier been moved into the intensive care unit following his weekend heart attack.

A hospital spokesman said: “Mr. Shankly suffered a cardiac arrest at 12.30 a.m. and was certified dead at 01.20. His wife was with him at the time.”

Bill Shankly was the manager who turned Liverpool into one of the finest and most successful footballing sides in Britain.

In his 15 years as manager the team won the League championship three times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Cup once.

He took the team back to the first division and left them in 1974 on the threshold of even greater victories in Europe.

On the day he left Anfield he completed his biggest transfer deal, paying £200.000 for Arsenal striker Ray Kennedy.

When he received the O.B.E. the Queen said to him: “You have been in football a long time.” He replied: “It’s been 42 years.”
(Daily Express, 29-09-1981)

Bill Shankly

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